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Thu Dec 10 2009

Diss: Socioling: Szymanski: ''Jezyk czatu internetowego: Studium...'

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        1.    Leszek Szymanski, 'Jezyk czatu internetowego: Studium Empiryczne' / 'The Language of Internet Chat Room: An Empirical Study'

Message 1: 'Jezyk czatu internetowego: Studium Empiryczne' / 'The Language of Internet Chat Room: An Empirical Study'
Date: 09-Dec-2009
From: Leszek Szymanski <l_szpoczta.fm>
Subject: 'Jezyk czatu internetowego: Studium Empiryczne' / 'The Language of Internet Chat Room: An Empirical Study'
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Institution: Opole University
Program: doctoral studies
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2009

Author: Leszek Emil Szymanski

Dissertation Title: "Jezyk czatu internetowego: Studium Empiryczne" / "The Language of Internet Chat Room: An Empirical Study"

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Polish (pol)

Dissertation Director:
Tadeusz Piotrowski

Dissertation Abstract:

The dissertation deals with corpus-based research on Internet chat
communication. In the first chapter the author explains what the Internet
is, and he also acquaints the reader with the history of Internet
communication. In Chapter Two the reader is presented with forms of
Internet communication. These have been divided into: asynchronous and
synchronous, according to the time shift between the moment of message
sending and the moment of message reception. Chapter Three discusses the
corpus of Internet chat communication. This part begins with a description
of the chat room, from which language samples were obtained. The author
also characterizes the users of this chat room. Then the reader is taken
through the process of corpus making. The writer specifies the data
processing methods. This chapter finishes with some statistical analyzes of
the corpus. In Chapter Four the reader is familiarized with nonstandard
spelling in Internet chat room communication. The following issues are
depicted: capitalization, punctuation, phonetic spelling and diacritic
marks. Next, Chapter Five presents detailed analyses of lexical elements
utilized in speech acts in Internet-based chat rooms. The research includes
words used in: greetings, farewells, thanks and apologies, as well as
vulgarisms. Moreover, foreign words and short forms are analyzed.
Furthermore, the nicknames of the users are studied. In Chapter Six, the
reader learns about the analysis of the potential hybrid of spoken and
written communication. First, the main characteristics of speech and
writing are enumerated. Further, the author attempts to characterize the
genre of Internet chat with reference to the characteristics of speech and
writing. The dissertation finishes with the author's conclusions. It was
observed that nonstandard writing is a purposeful action. Some of the
utilized conventions are aimed at helping the users to depict spoken
communication by means of writing. There are also word forms in which the
users' hurry is visible (spelling without diacritic marks, misspellings),
since for the users it is more important to communicate fast and
expressively than to pay attention to proper spelling. The spelling
unconventionality is also a way of expressing one's group membership.
Furthermore, strong informality attempts may be observed in Internet chat
communication. These are manifested in, for example, shortening word forms,
language plays or interlarding with foreign words. Despite considerable
informality, relative politeness with little use of vulgarity may be found
in this type of communication. In addition to that, it was revealed that
the chatters include certain information about themselves in their nicks.
The information may include: the person's age, origin or the type of
Internet connection. It was also established that there is no hybrid of
speech and writing in chat room communication. The writer states that
Internet chat is a written communication channel, which attempts to signal
its informality. The author also points out that the research presented in
this dissertation is the first empirical study of Polish Internet chats.

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